City Centre Events

Sydney’s city centre encompasses Darling Harbour, picturesque Circular Quay, the bustling CBD (Central Business District), the grand old buildings of Martin Place, the busy streets of Chinatown and Haymarket, and the peaceful grounds of Barangaroo, Hyde Park, the Domain and the Royal Botanic Garden. Its high concentration of entertainment venues, museums, galleries and public spaces means that the city centre’s events calendar is packed with everything from local markets and musical productions to Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of light, music and ideas.

Sydney events offer something for everyone, whether it’s an exhibition opening in a hip area on the city’s fringe, or a world-renowned musical playing in the heart of the city. On weekends, you’ll find local markets in The Rocks, Paddington, Bondi, Glebe, Rozelle, Domain and North Sydney. During the week, attend a gig at one of Sydney’s friendly pubs, or perhaps catch an improv show at one of the city’s comedy venues.

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  1. 9 to Thrive

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Presented by Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential network for women, 9 to Thrive is not your average (yawn-inducing) expo. It’s a fully immersive two-day experience filled with...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  2. A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

    Sunday 28 August 2016, City Centre

    The audience will engage with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton in an informal setting as they discuss Julie’s work as one of the world’s most loved performers and their work together as...

    28 Aug
  3. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Monday 31 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    In the Paris of the early 1900s, playwright Georges Feydeau was a promiscuous, cocaine-snorting figurehead of the hedonistic counterculture. He was also the consummate humorist of the Belle Époque ...

    31 Oct -17Dec
  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 12 September to Saturday 22 October 2016, City Centre

    On the hottest night of the year, young lovers Hermia and Lysander run away from the rules of the city and into the freedom of the forest. Close on their heels are Helena and Demetrius. Demetrius...

    12 Sep -22Oct
  5. A Web of Secrecy: How Internet Encryption Works

    Monday 15 August 2016, City Centre

    Everyone relies on encryption in their everyday lives. Have you ever wondered how it really works, and how secure it really is?
    Everyone can understand the basic idea even if they hated...

    15 Aug
  6. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 29 July to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    Join Adobe Bistro for their decadent Chocolate High Tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Chocolate High Tea will take you on a journey around the equator, featuring flavours from Colombia,...

    29 Jul -18Jun
  7. ANZAC Day

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    ANZAC Day is a national day of memorial in Australia, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War, and there are few better places to remember these brave soldiers than New...

    25 Apr
  8. ANZAC Day March

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    Sydney's ANZAC Day March gives participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests, especially remembering those who...

    25 Apr
  9. Art and About Sydney

    Tuesday 26 July to Tuesday 11 October 2016, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.

    After 13 years of a festival-style program that jam...

    26 Jul -11Oct
  10. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Tuesday 26 July to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
    Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who...

    26 Jul -09Oct
  11. Blazing Baroque

    Wednesday 27 July to Saturday 6 August 2016, City Centre

    Baroque as only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra can perform.
    Stunning concertos, rare combinations of instruments, powerful masterpieces - this concert has it all and is performed by...

    27 Jul -06Aug
  12. BU Day: Beautiful Minds

    Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    BU Day is a one day event for girls aged 11-17 which will inspire, educate and entertain teenage girls on important ‘teen life’ topics, through engaging speakers, workshops, a fashion show and...

    31 Jul
  13. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 23 October 2016, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and ...

    03 Aug -23Oct
  14. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Saturday 6 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, City Centre

    The 2016 Bledisloe Cup Festival offers fans the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest rivalries in world sport, the Qantas Wallabies versus the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival will...

    06 Aug -20Aug
  15. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
    Organized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually...

    26 Aug -04Sep
  16. Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE)

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Moore Park

    The Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) is a trade and consumer show to promote SCUBA diving, dive equipment, diving agencies, dive travel agents, tourism boards, dive centres, resorts and...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  17. Aspect Comedy Night

    Thursday 15 September 2016, City Centre

    This year Aspect is celebrating 50 years of a different brilliant and we invite you to join us for a celebration and evening of comedy at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 15th September. A full line...

    15 Sep
  18. Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney North

    Described as one of the most scenic and spectacular courses in Australia, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival attracts around 33,000 participants annually.

    In 2013 the...

    18 Sep
  19. Active Nation Day

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!
    Worldwide obesity has more...

    25 Sep
  20. Blessing of the Fleet at Sydney Fish Market

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market will be hosting a day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet.

    The ceremony continues the Mediterranean tradition where fishers would...

    25 Sep
  21. Australian World Orchestra

    Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    In 2016 the Australian World Orchestra will celebrate their five year anniversary with two electrifying concerts conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductors Alexander Briger AO...

    28 Sep -29Sep
  22. Amber Affair

    Saturday 22 October 2016, The Rocks

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The 14th annual Amber Affair is an evening to celebrate beer appreciation and mateship all while supporting a great cause, Sydney Children's...

    22 Oct
  23. Adventure Travel Expo

    Monday 7 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    This year marks the 21st year of Adventure Travel Expo instigating dream experiences. The exhibition promises to be a huge meeting of like...

    07 Nov -08Nov
  24. ARIA Week

    Sunday 20 November to Sunday 27 November 2016, City Centre

    Welcome to ARIA Week - A week-long program of gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music in the lead-up to the Annual ARIA Awards....

    20 Nov -27Nov
  25. ARIA Awards

    Saturday 26 November 2016, City Centre

    2016 represents The 30th ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. This year, the Australian music industry will join with music fans across the country to celebrate what has been a memorable year in...

    26 Nov
  26. 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto

    Wednesday 7 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars as they honour screen excellence at the Sixth AACTA Awards presented by Presto, telecast on Channel 7. Take the steps of a celebrity and...

    07 Dec
  27. An evening with Steve Wozniak

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    In August of 2016, Australia will have the pleasure of being in the company of someone who can be said to have truly, literally changed the world. Among the many accomplishments for which Steve ...

    28 Aug
  28. Arts Activated Conference

    Tuesday 20 September to Wednesday 21 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    The premiere biennial arts and disability conference in Australia, ‘Arts Activated’ showcases the accomplishments of people with disability, as leaders, arts practitioners, audience and advocates,...

    20 Sep -21Sep
  29. Australian HACCP Conference and Awards

    Friday 18 November to Saturday 19 November 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The 22nd Australian HACCP Conference is an annual event for professionals within the food safety industry. This year will feature a range of...

    18 Nov -19Nov
  30. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commerates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation's...

    26 Jan
  31. Australia Day Evening Fireworks Cruise

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Darling Harbour

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Join the Tribal Warrior for a unique opportunity to be part of the celebrations on board the Mari Nawi as it takes part in the Australia Day...

    26 Jan
  32. Australia Day Cultural Island Tour

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Darling Harbour

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Experience an unforgettable day out on Sydney Harbour touring the pristine Clark Island, where you'll observe fascinating artistic and...

    26 Jan

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